A first go on the 4 axis proved to be a very long one where most of the work is done on the design. Unlike the lathe or even parts of using the big CNC, this machine really does everything pretty much on it’s own with little vacuuming required once start is pressed. None-the-less it’s pretty satisfying to hold a 3D figure of something you made in Vectorworks out of a solid block of hard wood.
Wireframe view of model.
Isometric view of back.
Wireframe isometric view. (Showing a future mistake that will be made.)
taking a block of maple left over from the turning exercise,
I measured all the sides with a center finder
and generally marked where the wood would be cut.
Drilled a hole with a center hole bit for the lathe end of the 4 axis.
Placing the wood in the shuck (shank?) (chuck?)
and tightened the lathe end.
The 3D model in SRP Player.
Added tabs to the model after finalizing the Vectorworks file.
The process beginning – 2.4 hours.
Half an hour or so into the process.
An axis turned once to the right.
Taken off the machine there is clearly no hole going through the wood to allow for a charging cable.
Left over pieces and cut and un-sanded, un drilled through result.
Sanded down back view.
Sanded side view. The cut of the saw made a great design in the wood.
Since I didn’t have a hole I made my own. But realized using such a thin bit wasn’t a great idea on the drill press. It was bending but didn’t break so I switched to a bigger one and that things a little messy.
The unfortunate hole on the bottom.
I really appreciate what a rounded bit can do to a piece of wood’s surface. It makes for a smooth effect — at least that’s what I got out of this maple.
Next time I need to remember to make my shapes overlap a bit in my Vectorworks files. I also need to utilize the option of changing the bit mid process so I can achieve not only a beautiful surface and rounded corners, but sharp edges and cut through pieces. Although I made a bit of a sloppy mess of the hole with the wobbly drill press after it all, I certainly learned what I needed to know going into the final now.
….And while I was at it I brought out my lathe turned honey dipper to cut and sand the ends off while I refined the ends of the dock.